Their music incorporates elements of alternative rock , funk , punk rock and psychedelic rock. With over 80 million records sold worldwide, Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands of all time. They are the most successful band in the history of alternative rock , with the records for most number-one singles 13 , most cumulative weeks at number one 85 and most top-ten songs 25 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Because of commitments to other bands, Slovak and Irons did not play on the band's self-titled debut album , which instead featured guitarist Jack Sherman and drummer Cliff Martinez. Slovak died of a drug overdose on June 25, ; Irons, devastated, left the band. Frusciante was uncomfortable with their newfound popularity and left abruptly on tour in ; he was replaced by Dave Navarro , who appeared on the group's sixth album, One Hot Minute Although successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of its predecessor. Frusciante and Kiedis struggled with drug addiction throughout the s. In , following Navarro's dismissal, Frusciante rejoined the band. Their seventh album, Californication , became their biggest commercial success, with 16 million copies sold worldwide.
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After announcing the single through their Twitter page on May 2, , the single was released three days later on May 5, The song was released as a limited edition cassette single that was included in a deluxe package of The Getaway available only through the band's website. In a June 7, , video interview for the band's YouTube channel,  Anthony Kiedis discussed the song saying that many of the songs were created on their own. Kiedis said that he went to Hawaii and worked on the lyrics to the song, which "speaks to the beauty of our dark sides and how much creativity and growth and light actually comes out of those difficult struggles that we have on the inside of our heads that no one else can see. He said that Burton fought for "Dark Necessities" to be the first single. However, the band wanted "The Getaway" to be the first single while the label and managers wanted the song "Go Robot" to be the first single.
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